Hampshire Senate gives backing to scheme which helps families

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A SCHEME that will improve the lives of 1,600 troubled families has been backed by the Hampshire Senate.

The senate is a voluntary partnership made up of councillors, Hampshire Primary Care Trust and representatives from the voluntary sector, police, fire authorities and armed forces.

The senate gave its approval to the Troubled Families Programme, which is a multi-agency scheme that will help hundreds of vulnerable families by 2015.

Chairman of the senate, councillor Ken Thornber, said: ‘No one organisation can provide all the help these families need.

‘By working together, we can help to change the lives of troubled families. It’s recognised that there will be challenges along the way, particularly when it comes to engaging with families who have resisted offers of help in the past.

‘By using a multi-agency approach to provide early help, the aim is to provide better prospects and lasting positive outcomes, while delivering financial savings to the public purse.’

Around 530 families have been identified for help within the first year and a further 700 families for the second year.